Walker County Animal Shelter Resumes Intake By Appointment Only

Chickamauga, GA – The Walker County Animal Shelter will resume intake of owner surrender and stray animals in August by appointment only.  Residents must call ahead at 706-375-2100 and schedule a date/time to drop off unwanted dogs and cats.

“We’re asking residents to call and schedule an appointment, so we can balance the load and keep our staff from being overwhelmed,” said Commissioner Shannon Whitfield.  “The shelter was not designed to hold an infinite number of dogs and cats.  We need to manage intake with capacity, so that the shelter doesn’t become overcrowded again.”

Walker County temporarily suspended intake in late June when the shelter population reached 122 animals.  Currently, there are 59 dogs and cats housed at the shelter.

The reduction in population provided an opportunity for maintenance staff to make repairs at the shelter, perform needed maintenance and make several upgrades.

Animal-Shelter

The shelter also begins August with the appointment of Emily Sadler as manager, a new logo and a community organized supply drive to restock the shelter, after reserves diminished following the increase in intake at the start of summer.

Community volunteer Charity Lewis coordinated the Saturday, August 3rd event.  Donation needs include dog and cat food, treats, litter, unscented baby wipes, Clorox wipes, paper towels and other items.  The Pause 4 Paws supply drive will be held from Noon until 6:00 p.m. in front of Walmart, 2625 Highway 27 in LaFayette.  For additional information or to volunteer, contact Lewis at 423-827-4093.

How Walker Works – Taxing Authorities

LaFayette, GA – Local governments rely on property taxes to provide a substantial portion of the funds necessary to offer services that enhance the quality of life and safety of its citizens.

Every year, property owners receive a bill in the mail spelling out their total taxes due.  The amount differs based on where you live, due to the number of taxing authorities in each community and the funds each entity needs to operate.

In Walker County, there are eight main taxing authorities:

-Chickamauga City Schools
-City of Chickamauga
-City of Fort Oglethorpe 
-City of LaFayette
-City of Lookout Mountain
-City of Rossville
-Walker County Board of Education
-Walker County Government

A Downtown Development Authority also has taxing authority.

In Georgia, each taxing authority has the ability to raise or lower taxes on its own, without approval from any other authority.  For example, school systems — which make up the majority of taxes owed in most communities — do not need the approval of a city council or county commission, in order to set their portion of the millage rate. 

So, what do you get for your property taxes?  Schools use these funds to put teachers in every classroom… and pay for things like technology, supplies and buildings.  Cities and Counties use property taxes to fund law enforcement and courts, animal control, land use planning and zoning, fire protection, road and stormwater maintenance, code enforcement, transit and library and health department operations, among other services. 

Not every citizen will use every service available… but the combined offerings help build a community we can be proud to call home.

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Earth Day Adoption Event at Walker County Animal Shelter

Chickamauga, GA – “Reduce, Rehome, Relove.”  That’s the mantra this Earth Day at the Walker County Animal Shelter.

The Shelter staff will host a special Earth Day Adoption event on Saturday, April 20th.  Reduced adoption rates will be available for dogs ($45) and cats ($20) during the event and includes spay/neuter, rabies and core vaccination.  Those interested in adopting can save an additional $5 by donating recyclable items like newspaper, toilet paper and paper towel tubes and old t-shirts.

A number of activities will add to the excitement of adopting a pet.  Drop by the shelter to learn how to make homemade treats at the nature’s kitchen station, turn trash into treasure at the toy recycling station or discover all the ways you can help out by volunteering.

The Walker County Animal Shelter is located at 5488 North Marble Top Road in Chickamauga.  Earth Day Adoption event hours run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Walker County Rabies Clinics Planned in May

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Extension and your local veterinarian have teamed up to provide low cost rabies clinics again this year.  Protect your family from a deadly disease by bringing your dog and/or cat to one of the locations listed below to be vaccinated.  The cost is just $15, cash only.  Vets will provide a certificate and tag.  Please note, although Walker County now allows pets to be vaccinated using the 3 year shot, this clinic will only be providing the 1 year vaccine.

Saturday, May 11:

Time Location
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Gordon Lee High School
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rock Spring Elementary
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Naomi Elementary

Saturday, May 25:

Time Location
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Gilbert Elementary
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Walker County Animal Shelter
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Chattanooga Valley Elementary

 

“My Furry Valentine” Speed Petting Event Coming to Walker County

Chickamauga, GA – Find a valentine for all seasons during the Walker County Animal Shelter‘s My Furry Valentine event on Saturday, February 9th.

The shelter will be offering speed petting, giving visitors a chance to flip through a photo album and select a potential valentine. The staff will then hook you up with four of your furry favorites.  You’ll then spend four minutes together, in hopes of making a match.

Adoption fees will be reduced during this event to $10 for cats and $20 for dogs.  The price includes spay/neuter, rabies and core vaccination.  Those making a match during this event will also receive a new pet owner starter pack, which includes toys, food, a leash and collar.

Human and doggy snacks will be available at the shelter during My Furry Valentine, which runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Walker County Animal Shelter is located at 5488 North Marble Top Road in Chickamauga.

Walker County Animal Shelter Plans Christmas Adoption Event

Chickamauga, GA – Frodo, Bixby, Baxter and nearly 80 other dogs and cats at the Walker County Animal Shelter hope they’ll be part of a Christmas to remember.

Families thinking about adding a pet as a holiday gift are encouraged to drop by the shelter this Saturday for a special Christmas Adoption Event between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

In addition to extended hours, the shelter will offer discounted adoption pricing on Saturday, December 15.  Dogs will be $25, while cats will be $15.  Regular adoption fees run $65 for dogs and $30 for cats.  Animals adopted from the Walker County Animal Shelter will be spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies at no additional charge.

Community members are encouraged to drop by the shelter throughout the day for a host of fun activities, including police K9 demonstrations from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and pictures with Santa from Noon until 4:00 p.m.  Visitors are also invited to tour the shelter during the event, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or coffee and register for a host of door prizes.

Visitors who aren’t sure if they want to adopt, but know they want to help the pet population, can bring a donation with them.  The shelter always needs bleach, blankets, puppy food, canned foot, treats and toys.

The Walker County Animal Shelter is located at 5488 North Marble Top Road near Chickamauga.  For more information, call 706-375-2100 or visit us on facebook.

Citizen Service Request (iWorQ) Now Available on Desktop

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Government has expanded the options available for citizens to report an issue with codes, roads, animals and other matters.

Last year, we launched the iWorQ Service Request mobile app for iPhone and Android devices.  Now, all of the same features are available on a desktop for residents who prefer a computer experience.

Simply click here to have the Citizen Service Request form open in a new tab or visit the “Residents” section of the Walker County Government website menu for quick access.

Citizens who currently use the app can use the same login information to access the desktop version.  New users will need to create an account before they can file a service request

Commissioner Provides 3rd Quarter Update on County Finances & Improvements

Rossville, GA – Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield provided an update on the road to financial recovery at the latest Walker County Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Whitfield discussed the 270 day turnaround in cash flow and how the county was able to operate longer in 2018 without a Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) compared to last year.

In January 2017, Walker County faced an $8 million shortfall in operating expenses for the year. The county addressed the financial crisis through a series of moves to cut expenses, improve efficiencies and using $7.5 million of an $8 million line of credit, which was paid off early on December 22, 2017. This year, TAN’s are $2 million less than the amount authorized last year.

Whitfield also revealed a number of other accomplishments, including a $12,000 profit at the Walker County Landfill following years of six-figure losses, a significant reduction in the number of animals euthanized at the Walker County Animal Shelter and plans for road improvements in the near future.

In addition, the Commissioner discussed the budget process, roadside mowing and Walker Rocks during his update.

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic Coming to Walker County August 25th

Rock Spring, GA – My Kids Have Paws Veterinary Service brings its mobile clinic to Walker County later this month.

The Dalton based clinic offers many common preventative shots at a low cost to the public. Dr. Robyn O’Kane’s mission is to reduce euthanasia rates by helping keep pets in their homes with affordable surgical and medical care.

The following services will be available for $10 cash or credit/debit on Saturday, August 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. inside the Ag Center, located on the Civic Center campus at 10052 US-27 in Rock Spring:

Dogs:

  • Rabies 1 year
  • Rabies 3 year (must have valid proof of current rabies  – certificate or invoice, tag is not acceptable)
  • Distemper/Parvo
  • Distemper/Parvo/Lepto
  • Bordetella (kennel cough vaccine)
  • Heartworm Test

Cats:

  • Rabies 1 year
  • Rabies 3 year (must have valid proof of current rabies  – certificate or invoice, tag is not acceptable)
  • FVRCP (FeLV vaccine available for $15 with proof of a negative FeLV/FIV)

FeLV/FIV Test for cats will also be available for $20.

For more information about My Kids Have Paws Veterinary Service, call 706-516-4249 or email: Info.MyKidsHavePaws@gmail.com

 

Walker County Commissioner Meetings Move to New Location

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield’s meetings will move to a new location this month. The Commissioner’s regularly scheduled meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, will now take place at the Walker County Courthouse Annex III building, located at 201 S Main Street in LaFayette.

Many residents know this building as the old Kitchens Clinic or the former Tag & Tax office. The building underwent an emergency renovation to house the Public Defender’s office, Drug Court and other judicial services. Those government functions had to be relocated after the Walker County Judiciary Annex was deemed unsafe, following the collapse of a nearby building in LaFayette’s downtown square.

Meetings will take place in the courtroom, which has seating for over 70 community members. The building also has ADA compliant bathrooms and additional parking.

The first meeting in the new location will be on May 10th, which will also include a Public Hearing on the revised Animal Care Ordinance.